Time for an update. MUCH has happened.
Bike trip didn't happen . . . on the maiden voyage to dayton (dropping a buddy off at the airport, no car involved was the idea) I totaled the touring bike . . . the next morning it was stolen out of the back of my truck (totaled, yes)
big downer is I had already located a replacement frame to swap the components over to. Some Cincinnati bum probably got $7 in scrap metal for it.
as to how I totaled it, an 80lbs duffle bag really retards handling, and "don't drive here" posts on bike paths don't give much.
did make it 60 miles before the accident though, and rode the last 40 on a friends bike. (who was tired of riding at that point anyway and got his GF to pick him up in her honda)
P&S finally got back to me with a concrete estimate . . . over six weeks after my project was supposed to have work started on it
The estimate was also over twice as expensive as their initial estimate (said it should be $2500-$3500, ended up being just south of $8000)
I understand that I was miss scheduled to have my trailer polished instead of having a floor put in (which was one of the reasons that this estimate took so long)
and that their 40th Anniversary Rally was looming over their heads (the other reason it took so long) but I found the entire experience to be unprofessional. (I mentioned in many emails and phone calls that I wanted a floor put into the trailer, no attempt was ever made to right the scheduling error.)
That being said, I am just one of the many people who have dealt with them, and from what I have heard they are fantastic to work with . . . (besides, I'm obviously viewed as being a tad off my rocker anyway, so who is going to take the word of a nut like me)
so anyway - I'm looking for another trailer, while in the meantime trying to figure out when I can get back up to Toledo to pick up a trailer that is much further away from me then I would like to drive to pick up a trailer that still doesn't have a floor (this, of course is my own fault for not planning on getting the work done at a location more local to me)
I'm also considering sourcing the things I need to do the job myself (like an aircraft engine lift, if I still lived in Ohio I would have access to one, would make shell off resto a tad easier methinks) I'm sure I could get the frame sandblasted, rust repaired (if need be) and X-Lined for next to nothing down here.
The big catch is that I was hit by a car last friday while delivering sandwiches on my bicycle for Jimmy Johns. Broke my Scapula. huge thumbs up to Jimmy Johns for hooking up a part time $6 an hour employee with Workmans Comp, but I can't do anything physical for 4-6 weeks. (ive been restoring my parents boat for real money (all going into the airstream fund) on the weekends, that job is now toast, and my hope of having something watertight with a bed and stove in it by jan 09 is slowly dying (as the money from the boat makes the boat a higher priority than working on the airstream)
The Land Cruiser is also for sale - being in such good mechanical condition it shouldn't last long with hunting season around the corner. I've buried my dream of towing with a period tow vehicle, and will settle for something that is manual and a diesel. probably mid 90s (blah) but am still hoping that some day I will come across that beautifully patine(d) 1967
3/4 Ton Suburban with a rock solid frame and my dream will be complete (they say that patience is a virtue)
So . . . If anyone knows of a pre '68 Single axle longer than 19 feet for under $5k with a solid floor in the south east . . . let me know about it. I would love to have something semi "campable" by the time I get a "real job" (who knows when that could be in these uncertain times)
(my goofy self in the ER)